National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT)
National Talent Search Examination (NTSE)
National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) is
one of the most prestigious competitive examination held in India for granting
scholarships for students of Class X or equivalent.
NTSE is conducted by the NCERT - National
Council of Education Research and Training which was established by the
Government of India in the year 1961. Tthey introduced National Science Talent
Search (NSTS) Scheme, to find out the talented students in science and award
them with scholarships.
But after introduction of 10+2+3 pattern of
education, the NSTS scheme also went under some change, it was renamed as
National Talent Search Scheme (NTSS). Apart from science it
gives importance to Social Sciences, Engineering and medicine as well. This
Scheme awards 1000 scholarships of which 15% scholarships are reserved for
Scheduled Castes and 7.5% for Scheduled Tribes candidates and 3% for Physically
Challenged Group of students each year.
The purpose of this scheme is to identify
brilliant students at the end of Class X and give them financial assistance in
getting good education .For the selection year 2008, the NCERT will conduct the
National Talent Search Examination at two levels i.e Class VIII and Class X on
the basis of the examination conducted, 1000 scholarships will be awarded for
each group of students.
Tthe selection of candidates for the awards
became a two-tier process. The states and the Union Territories conduct the
first tier Screening Examination known as State Level Talent Search Examination
and the second process is the National Level Talent Search Examination.
Tthe candidates are subjected to two
objective type written tests i.e,Mental Ability Test (MAT) and the Scholastic
Aptitude Test (SAT). Those candidate qualify these two tests are subjected to
face-to-face interview. The final awards are made on the basis of composite
scores obtained in the MAT, the SAT and the interview.
The States have complete autonomy to conduct
their written examinations. However, they are advised to follow the national
pattern which comprised MAT and SAT. The pattern of examination for Class VIII
and Class X will be common. The MAT, consists of 100 questions, each carry one
mark. The SAT paper will consist of 100 multiple choice questions. The number
of questions shall be divided as 40 in General Science, 40 in Social Sciences
and 20 in Mathematics
The scholarships under the present scheme
are awarded to the candidates for pursuing courses in sciences and social
sciences up to doctoral level and in professional courses like medicine and
engineering up to second-degree level.
Rules and Regulations for
Scholarship :The students studying in Sciences, Social Sciences and
commerce are eligible to receive scholarship up to Ph.D. level where as the
student studying professional courses in medicines, engineering, technology,
management and law, are eligible to receive the scholarship up to second degree
level. Languages and Course for Humanities are not considered for scholarships
.Condition which need to be fulfilled for Scholarships are as follows:
1. General Eligibility Conditions
An Student is eligible for the scholarship
Can Choose studies in approved courses.
Maintains good conduct as certified by the Head of the
College/Institution and continues his/her studies as a regular student.
Inform prior taking a leave Does not absent
Takes up studies on a Full time basis.
Does not take up any job.
The NTS scholarship does not preclude the
Student from accepting any other scholarship.
scholarship will not be available for
studies abroad for any course.
Make sure one should claim for scholarship
arrears before 12months else that will not be enterttained for the academic
session for which one has applied for .
In case any awardee leaves his/her course of
study within one month of registration/admission, no scholarship shall be paid
If student is not able to appear at the
examination due to illness, one should send the medical certificate through the
Head of the Institution within three months of one’s falling ill. The duration
of illness should be clearly certified by a specialist, who is a Registered
He/She can join the next class/desired
course within 3 months of the declaration of the result of the previous
class/course. No change of course will be permitted.
Scholarship shall be deemed to be
discontinued with any gap of one academic session in studies at any time due to
Scholarship once discontinued on the basis
of the rules of disbursement of scholarship cannot be revived under any
2 Eligibility and other conditions
for continuation of Scholarship at +2 stage
The candidates shall commence subsequent to
their clear promotion to class XI.
The student at the +2 stage or equivalent is
payable for a maximum period of two years for studies in India only.
The student continuation of scholarships in
the second year of the +2 stage should have at least 50% marks in aggregate in
the first year of the +2 stage and clear promotion.
3 Eligibility and other conditions
for continuation of scholarships at first Degree level courses
The student must obtain a minimum of 60%
marks at the end of +2 stage or equivalent examination for continuation of the
scholarship at the first degree level course in Basic Sciences, Social Sciences
or a professional course in engineering, medicine, management or law.
The scholarship to SC/ST student will be
paid after getting selected through Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), IIT and
admitted in the one-year preparatory course for B.Tech. The scholarship will
continue in 1st year subject to fulfillment of all the conditions laid down by
The continuation of scholarships in the
second and subsequent years shall be subject to the following conditions:
Clear promotion to the next class in first attempt with
pass in all papers.
At least 50% marks in aggregate at the internal
examinations. However, the scholarship to MBBS candidates for internship
will be given, only if one secures 60% or more marks in the final degree.
In case the result is not declared in terms of marks and
grades are given, these should be equivalent to at least 50% and above.
In case an Institution / University does not conduct an
annual examination after such a class, a certificate from the Principal/Head
of the Institution would be acceptable to this effect that the overall
performance of the awardee is 50% or above.
In case of IITs and other institutions, which follow
semester system of examination, the marks or an equivalent Cumulative Grade
Point Average (CGPA) at the end of an academic year will be considered.
An student has the option to change one’s
discipline within the course, which one is pursuing Within or after completing
one academic year without loss of any academic session. No change of discipline
will be allowed during second or subsequent years.
In case of four/five years integrated
courses leading to Post-Graduation Degree the rate of scholarship in the last
two years shall be at the P.G. rates and for the remaining period as per the
under graduate rates. In such cases the scholarship during the third/fourth year
would be paid at the P.G. rate only .
4 Eligibility and other conditions
at second degree level course
An student must have passed final
examination for securing a minimum of 60% marks or its equivalent grade after
aggregating the marks for all the years in the university examination of the
The student shall be eligible to receive the
scholarship in the second year only if he/she secures at least 50% marks at the
end of the first year.
In case an institution has semester system
of examination at this stage, the marks, grades or CGPA as the case may be,
obtained by an awardee in the examination conducted at the end of an academic
year, will be considered for continuation of her/his scholarship during the next
5 Eligibility and other conditions
at M.Phil./Ph.D Stage
The student shall be eligible to receive
scholarship during the pre-doctoral/M.Phil. courses provided these are an
institutional requirement for Ph.D. work. The continuance of scholarship after
this pre-requisite course shall be subject to the successful completion of it.
The student will be eligible to receive
scholarship for doing research work leading to Ph.D./D.Phil. degree provided
he/she passes M.A./M.Sc./M.Com./M.Phil course in the first attempt securing a
minimum of 60% marks or its equivalent grade after aggregating the marks for all
the years in the university examination of the course An awardee must begin
research/pre-doctoral work within six months of the declaration of M.A./M.Com./M.Sc.
The scholarship shall be continued during
the second and fourth year only if the guide certified that the work during the
first and the third year respectively has been of high quality.
The student can take up a teaching
assignment for a short period not exceeding more than six months only with in
the tenure of four years with the prior permission of the NCERT only if his/her
supervisor certify that his/her assignment is not prejudicial to his/her
The student will be entitled to the
scholarship for Ph.D. up to a period of four years ordinarily. If he/she submits
the thesis/dissertation before four years period is over but continues to work
on the same problem on which he/she has written the thesis/dissertation under
the same supervisor, he/she will be entitled to the scholarship up to the
viva-voce or the end of four years whichever is earlier.
6 Contingency grant for Ph.D. work
The grant shall be utilized with the
approval of the supervisor.
The grant may be utilized on apparatus,
chemical, equipment, books, journals, Photostat copies, microfilms, typing,
postage and field work/travel (within India only) needed in connection with the
approved research project with the approval of the supervisor and the University
where the scholar works.
The grant shall not be used for payment of
examination or any other fees.
On termination of the scholarship, the
apparatus and other non-consumable articles purchased out of the contingency
grant will become the property of the Institution/University where a scholar
Travel allowance for approved field
work/travel in connection with the research work (including attending of
relevant academic/research conferences and symposia) shall be admissible
according to the rules applicable to the teaching staff of the University.
The contingency grant for the first year of
the research will be released to the Head of the University concerned along with
the scholarship for the first year.
The amount left unspent at the end of each
year of the scholarship tenure will be adjusted against the contingency grant
payable for the subsequent year. If any amount left unspent out of the
contingency grant on the date of expiry / termination / relinquishment of the
scholarship will be refundable to the NCERT.
The rates of scholarship at different stages are given as
For the income group up to Rs. 1,50,000 per annum
Rate of Scholarship available as shown in Rule4.7 (i)
For income group above Rs. 1,50,000 per annum
50% of the rate of scholarship available as shown in
Rule 4.7 (i) (In case of salaried group the benefit of standard
deduction will also be applicable)
The rates of scholarship shall vary according to the
income of the parents in the following manner.
The awardee will have to submit income
certificate / income affidavit of his/her parents for the preceding financial
year at the time of submitting the claim in the beginning of each course if
parents’ income is below 1,50,000/- p.a. while submitting the claim form.
A simple declaration from the awardees whose
parents’ income is beyond the limit will be enough for claiming 50% scholarship.
Mode of Payment
The payment of scholarship shall not be made
direct to the awardee. The payment shall be made only through the Head of the
The payment of scholarship shall be made to
the Institution on the receipt of a bill from the awardee on a prescribed
document sent to the NCERT through the Head of the Institution and accompanied
by the academic progress report of the earlier year.
The scholarship shall commence from the
month an awardee joins the Institution and shall continue up to the month prior
to the month of his/her leaving studies subject to the condition for the maximum
period of duration of the specific course.
The Institution shall be paid the
scholarship in lump sum in advance for a total period of 12 months. The awardee
shall, however, get his/her scholarship on a monthly basis at the end of each
The payment of scholarship during leave
shall be governed by relevant leave rules.
Leave Rules Applicable to all the
Leave must be got sanctioned from the Head
of the Institution/Department before it is availed of. Any absence from
studies/research without leave shall lead to discontinuation of scholarship.
Generally no leave with scholarship shall be
granted to awardees except on medical grounds. Medical leave up to a maximum of
four months in an academic year shall be admissible, if recommended by a
competent medical authority, as Full scholarship if the absence does not exceed
two months, Half scholarship for a further period of two months, No scholarship
for the absence beyond four months.
For married women, scholarship will be
admissible at full rates up to three months, for absence on grounds of
The awardees working at the Ph.D level
shall, however, be allowed casual leave with scholarship up to a maximum of 30
days in an academic year. The Ph.D. Supervisor will grant this leave.
Applications for medical leave, including
maternity leave, should be referred to the NCERT within a fortnight of the
illness / Confinements.
Identification of talent comprises of a
two-stage selection process. While the individual State/UT conducts the first
stage selection, the second stage selection at the national level is carried out
by the NCERT.
State Level Examination
Each State/UT conducts its own examination
and are required to recommend a given number of candidates for the second level
test to be conducted by the NCERT. This number is based on the enrolment of
States/UTs at the secondary stage. The candidates are to be recommended on the
basis of merit. The written examination are conducted by SCERT (State Council of
Education Research and Training).
The state level screening examination is
conducted in all states/UTs on Fourth Sunday of November except in Nagaland,
Manipur, Meghalaya and Mizoram where it will be conducted on fourth Saturday of
November every year
Eligibility : All students
studying in Class X in any type of recognized school including Kendriya
Vidyalaya, Navodaya Vidyalaya, Sainik School etc. will be eligible to appear at
the State Level Examination from the State in which the school is located. The
state may impose other eligibility conditions for appearing in the screening
examination like any qualifying percentage of marks in the previous annual
How to Apply : The
students studying in Class X should look out for any advertisement in the
newspapers or circular in the school by the respective Government of their
State/UT for the above said examination and act as per the requirement given in
the State advertisement/circular. Any other information / query about the
details of the state level examination may be had from Liaison officers of the
Stage agencies. The student will submit the filled in application form to the
State Liaison officer through the Principal of the school before the due date as
advertised / circulated by each concerned State / UT.
Medium of Examination : The
medium of the test shall be as announced by the State/UT.
Fee : State may impose any
fee for examination and/or for application form.
Examination : State level
examination may have two parts: Part-I Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Part-II
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) for nominating the required number of candidates
for the second level test to be conducted by the NCERT.
Results : The State/ Union
Territory will prepare a merit list of the candidates ensuring the minimum
qualifying marks in both the tests separately. These marks are 40% in the case
of general category candidates and 32% in the case of SC/ST candidates. The
result of State Level Talent Search examination is declared by the State /UT. No
correspondence will be entertained by the NCERT.
The candidates having any query/ complaints/
clarification with regard to the State level examination shall have to
correspond only with the State examination agencies.
National Level Examination
Eligibility : Only
sponsored student by States/UTs on the basis of State-Level screening test shall
be eligible to appear in the National-Level examination conducted by the NCERT.
It is is open for students of Indian nationality whether they study in India or
abroad at Class X level.
a) Candidates Studying in India : Only the
candidates selected by the States/UTs on the basis of their screening
examination shall be eligible to appear in the National level examination to be
conducted by the NCERT on the Second Sunday of May each year (change will be
notified). The NCERT will convey the roll number, the venue, the date and time
for the national level examination to all such candidates directly through
b) Candidates studying Abroad :
Students of Indian nationality studying abroad at the Class X level may also
compete for Talent Search Award under the following conditions:
The Indian students studying abroad in class
X or equivalent class shall be exempted from the first level-screening test and
shall be permitted to appear directly at the second level examination conducted
by the Council.
A candidate shall be eligible to appear in
the second level NTS examination only if he or she has obtained at least 60 per
cent marks (in aggregate) at the previous annual examination.
A candidate will have to appear in the NTS
examination at a centre in India at her/his own cost.
A candidate desiring to appear in the NTS
examination may request through the Head of the Institution where he or she is
studying along with an attested copy (by the Head of the Institution ) of the
mark sheet of Class IX. The request should reach the Head, Department of
Educational Measurement and Evaluation, NCERT, New Delhi-110016 latest by 31st
March of the concerned year.
The Council shall allot roll numbers to the
eligible student and inform them about the date, time and the venue of
examination along with other related instructions.
No request for change of Centre shall be
A candidate shall have to attend an
interview, if he/she qualifies for the same, in India at his/her own cost.
If a candidate is selected, the scholarship
shall be paid for pursuing studies in India only.
Syllabus : There is no
prescribed syllabus for the NTS examination. However, the standard of items
shall be conforming to the level of class X Public Examinations.
Scheme of Testing : The
scheme of testing is under three section Mental Ability Test (MAT), Scholastic
Aptitude Test (SAT) and Interview
Scholarship Rates : The
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No. of Items
Mental Ability Test (MAT)
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
No qualifying marks
Written Examination : The
written examination shall consist of Part-I MAT and Part-II SAT. Both the tests
will be administered separately with a short interval in between.
a) Mental Ability Test (MAT) :
There shall be 100 multiple-choice type items, with five alternatives. Each item
will carry one mark. Candidates are required to answer the items on a separate
answer sheet as per instructions given both in the test booklet and on the
b) Scholastic Aptitude Test :
The Scholastic Aptitude Test will consist of 100 multiple-choice items of one
mark each. Each item shall have four alternatives, out of which only one will be
the correct answer. There shall be 40 items from Sciences, 40 from Social
Sciences and 20 from Mathematics. In Science, there will be items from Physics,
Chemistry and Biology. Similarly, in Social Sciences there will be items from
History, Geography and Civics. The items in Mathematics will cover Algebra,
Arithmetic, Geometry, Trigonometry, Statistics and Menstruation. Candidates are
required to answer the items on a separate answer sheet to be provided at the
examination centre as per instructions.
Important Note: -The
question booklets of both the tests (Mental Ability Test and Scholastic Aptitude
Test) are official documents. The candidate will be required to return them
along with the answer-sheets at the end of the examination. These booklets will
not be given to anybody even after the examination is over and will be returned
to the NCERT.
Medium : The medium of
examination shall be English or Regional Languages as provided in the
Constitution of India. The language, in which a candidate desires to take the
test, has to be mentioned in the application form filled for the state level
examination. Accordingly, the question booklet in that language shall be made
available to the candidate at the centre. After exercising this option, no
request for the change of medium will be entertained.
Allotment of Roll Numbers: The NCERT shall
convey the roll numbers to the candidates for the second level examination
directly. In case there is any change of address prior to the National level
examination, it shall be obligatory on the part of the candidate to communicate
the same to the state examining authority, which in turn shall inform the
NCERT. In case there is any change of address after the candidate has received
the admission letter for second level examination the same may be communicated
to the NCERT directly.
Venue, Date and Time of the Test : The
admission letter shall have all the information about the venue, the roll
number, the date and time of the test.
Submission of Photograph
:The admission letter issued to the candidate shall contain Admission Card to be
filled in by the candidate. She/he shall have to attach an attested passport
size photograph at the appropriate place in the Admission Card. This form shall
have to be submitted to the Centre Superintendent on the day of the National
The Centre Superintendent, at his or her own
discretion in special cases, may admit a candidate without photograph. However,
a candidate shall have to submit an attested photograph to the Centre
Superintendent immediately after the examination, which he shall forward to the
Centre of Examination :
Normally the candidates belonging to a particular state shall be allotted the
centre in the same state. There is only one centre in each state for the
National level examination.
The conduct of examination at the centers
shall be done under the supervision of the Centre Superintendent appointed by
the NCERT in consultation with the Government of the State/UT. An independent
observer for each centre is also appointed by the NCERT
Change of Centre : Only in
exceptional cases under special circumstances, like the transfer of the parents
of the candidates, the centre of examination may be changed on a written request
received by the NCERT within 15 days of the issue of the Admission Card.
However, it may be noted that in such cases only the English medium test booklet
shall be provided to the candidate at the changed centre.
Conduct of Examination :
The Centre Superintendent shall conduct the examination on the date and time of
examination as announced by the NCERT. He/she will follow instructions for the
conduct of the examination as supplied by the NCERT. For various eventualities
like the late coming, malpractice, use of helper (in case of blind or sick
candidates) and in respect of other cases not covered by the instruction from
NCERT, the Centre Superintendent shall follow the rules prevalent for the Board
Examination of the State concerned.
Marking : Each item in both
the tests shall carry one mark each. A candidate shall get one mark for correct
answer. There will be no negative marking in either of the tests. Nevertheless,
candidates are advised not to resort to blind guessing, which may not be of any
help to them.
Processing of Result : The
scoring of the answer-sheets for both the MAT and the SAT shall be done through
the computer. All possible precautions are taken and necessary checks applied
while processing the result to ensure zero error results.
A stipulated number of candidates, on the
basis of the merit, shall be called for interview. Normally the interview shall
be held during the months of July and August. Only those candidates who shall
be found eligible for interview shall be informed through registered letters
about a fortnight in advance at the address given in the Admission Card, by the
candidate at the time of National level written examination. NCERT shall not be
held responsible for non-receipt of the letter due to postal delay or otherwise.
Place of Interview :
Interviews are arranged at various places in the country depending on the number
of candidates found eligible from different regions.
Travelling Allowance: The
candidates shall be paid second class rail fare for attending the interview. In
no case the Air Fare will be paid.
Declaration of Result : The
final award shall be declared on the basis of both the National level written
examination and the interview. Only the selected candidates shall be informed by
registered letters. Marks obtained by the candidates in written Examination or
interview shall not be disclosed.
Rechecking : Since the
NCERT applies rigorous checks and counterchecks before the declaration of
result, no request for re-evaluation or re-checking of scripts will be
Department of Educational
Measurement and Evaluation
NCERT, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi – 110016
For NTS Examination Inquiry: Phone No. : 011-26560464
For NTS Scholarship Inquiry: Phone No. : 011-26562704
Fax No. : 011-26515382
North Eastern Region
Directorate of School Education
Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh
Director of Secondary Education
Programme Officer (Science)
Directorate of Education (Schools)
Sr. Grades Lecturer (NTS Exam)
Directorate of Educational Research And Training
Joint Controller of Examinations
Nagaland Board of School Education
Post Box No.98.
Assistant Director (Exam.)
Department of Education
Govt. of Sikkim, Tashiling
Abhoy Nagar, P.O.
Agartala, Tripura-799005 (West)
State Institute of Education
Siksha Sadan, Link Road
Port Blair-744101(A&N Islands)
State Council of Educational Research and Training
Mahendru, Patna-800006 (Bihar)
Jharkhand Intermediate Council Education ,
Dist. Ranchi (Jharkhand).
Directorate of TE & S.C.E.R.T.
Asstt. Director of School Education (T&E)
Directorate of School Education, West Bengal
Bikas Bhawan, 7th Floor
East Block , Salt Lake City
Kolkata-700091 (West Bengal)
Head, Science and Math Department.
State Institute of Education
Chandigarh (U.T.) 160032.
Sr. Sc. Counsellor, Science Branch
Directorate of Education
Behind L.S.R. College,
Amar Colony, Lajpat Nagar-IV
J&K State Board of School
Education, Rehari Mohalla
J&K State Board of School
Education, New Campus, Bemina,
Lecturer in Physics, Science Wing
S.C.E.R.T., Sohna Road
Opp. Panchayat Bhawan
State Council of Educational
Research and Training, RABON
Solan-173211 (Himachal Pradesh).
State Institute of Science Education
SCO 66-67, Sector 17-A
Board of Secondary Education
Bureau of Psychology
State Council of Educational Research and Training,
2 Lowther Road
Asstt. Director/Sr. Lecturer
State Council of Educational Research and Training
At & P.O. Narendra Nagar
Tehri Garhwal-249175 (Uttaranchal)
State Council of Educational Research and Training
Shankar Nagar,Raipur, Chattishgarh-492001.
Government High School
Opp. Custom House
Vaniyawad, Nani Daman-396210
Government High School
Silvassa (Via Vapi-396230)
Dadra & Nagar Haveli.
State Institute of Education
Gujarat State Examination Board
Delhi Chakla, R.C. High School
Rajya Shiksha Kendra
Pustak Bhawan “B” Wing,
Maharashtra State Council of Examinations
17-Dr. Ambedkar Road
Office of The Director of Govt. Examinations,
Chapel Road, ABIDS
DSERT, No.4, 100 feet Ring Road
Bana Sanshankari, 3rd State
Liaison Officer (NTS Exam.)
State Council of Educational Research and Training
Vidhya Bhavan, Poojappura (P.O.)
Government Sr. Secondary School
Directorate of Education
Directorate of Govt. Examinations
College Road, Kodambakkam,